Ape House

Ape House


By (author) Sara Gruen

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  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • Format: Paperback | 359 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 174mm x 32mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0812981995
  • ISBN 13: 9780812981995
  • Sales rank: 30,229

Product description

 Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but apes she gets—especially the bonobos Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena, who are capable of reason and communication through American Sign Language. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans—until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter writing a human interest feature. But when an explosion rocks the lab, John’s piece turns into the story of a lifetime—and Isabel must connect with her own kind to save her family of apes from a new form of human exploitation.

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Author information

Sara Gruen is the author of the #1 bestselling novel Water for Elephants, as well as the bestseller Riding Lessons and Flying Changes. She shares her North Carolina home with her own version of a blended family: a husband, three children, four cats, two dogs, two horses, and a goat. In order to write this novel, Gruen studied linguistics and a system of lexigrams so that she could communicate directly with the bonobos living at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa. She now considers them to be part of her extended family, and, according to the bonobos, the feeling is mutual.

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“Propulsive . . . The pages turn, the twists abound.”—Entertainment Weekly   “A tale that’s full of heart, hope, and compelling questions about who we really are.”—Redbook “Entertaining, enlightening . . . [an] intriguing storyline and suspenseful twists.”—The Miami Herald “Terrific: an incisive piece of social commentary . . . Gruen is clearly enjoying herself here.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Gruen has a knack for pacing and for creating distinctive animal characters. Scenes involving the bonobos are winsome without being sappy, and the reader comes to share Isabel’s concern for the animals.”—The Boston Globe